Research by the Europcar Mobility Group has shown thatcompany sustainability agendas are influencing the way 70% of fleetdecision-makers acquire and operate their fleet. The group also found that fleetsexpect petrol and diesel to account for less than half (48%) of their fleet in ayear’s time.

The information, gathered as part of Europcar’s ‘Fit forPurpose: Fleet management in a post-Covid world’ whitepaper, shows that hybridand electric vehicles are expected to make up 36% of the fleet in the nexttwelve months, compared with the 28% today.

Europcar’s whitepaper also focused on the challenges facedby fleet decision-makers during the Covid-19 pandemic, with 75% of fleets beingshown to have needed to review their acquisition policy in response to thepandemic. However, it was also found that one-in-three did not have theflexibility to change fleet size at short notice.

The research also discovered 62% of fleets had to extendexisting lease contracts due to supply issues, and 52% planned to increasetheir fleet size in the next 12 months.

Speaking about the adaptation’s fleets have been required tomake, Ron Santiago, managing director of Europcar Mobility Group UK, said: “Fororganisations that rely on their vehicles for their business to grow, they willneed to ensure that they have an added layer of flexibility.”

The uncertainty caused by the pandemic has led to a changein how businesses who are reliant on vehicles need to operate. Rather thanpurchasing vehicles outright or being tied into leasing agreements which leavelittle room for alteration, organisations need to be able to adapt quickly.

Santiago continued, stating “Businesses that are agile andable to take advantage of new opportunities as they come along will be the onesthat thrive in this new reality.”

He also highlighted that “Long-term rental can be a valuableaddition to a fleet’s toolkit – offering low-emission, technologicallyup-to-date vehicles that contribute to the green agenda, as well as being acost-effective way of managing and potential grey fleet issues.”

The report also suggested that fleets expect 29% of companycar drivers to opt for a cash allowance, and to choose to drive their own carwhen they are required to drive for business, suggesting that as the increasedability to work effectively from home continues, there ability to be flexiblewhen it comes to business operations is more important than ever.